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Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

Students urged to look out for meningitis

A student who survived meningitis twice is backing a new campaign to highlight symptoms of the deadly disease.

David Coppin, 23, hit headlines in 2010 after beating the disease twice in just five months while at university.

He now urges students to "keep an eye on each other" as part of a campaign run by the charities Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust.

David, from Enfield in north London, said: "I felt very vulnerable - the ordeal has taught me to appreciate life.

He added: "I thought I just had a bug.

"It's a hard disease to diagnose so I want everyone across the country to learn the symptoms."

Up to a quarter of students carry the bacteria that cause meningitis, compared with a 10th of the general population.

Symptoms include a headache, vomiting, fever, cold hands and feet, limb pain, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash that does not fade under pressure.

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